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ave you been ignoring the faded tax disc in the windshield? Have you been saying to yourself every Monday that you must get the car to the mechanic and apply for that NCT? Have you been relying on your innate God-given driving skills rather than renew the insurance? Well I’d get ye down to the tax office, the insurance company and Jimmy the mechanic because the gardai might just impound your car. Drivers of the northwest are being placed under increased scrutiny by the Garda Traffic Corps as the number of cars seized due to tax, insurance and NCT violations have sky-rocketed in recent months. As the great Irish recession continues car tax, insurance and NCT have joined mortgage payments and utility bills as an unnecessary luxury for cash poor citizens trying to put food on the table after being hit by job losses, wage cuts and tax hikes. 26,044 cars were seized last year at roadside checkpoints, twice the figure of the previous year. Just over a year ago in February 2010, only 198 were convicted for not having their NCT certificate whereas by April 2011, that figure rose to 2,810 and in the first three months of 2011, 8,180 vehicles were confiscated by gardai at checkpoints. Continues on Page 2


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The dramatic increase is of course partially explained by the constant grinding of the recession forcing otherwise law-abiding people to forgo insurance, tax and NCT costs. However far stricter enforcement has had an effect. The chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, Noel Brett, pointed to the safety issues involved, particularly

those without any NCT certificate, which means that many of those 26,044 cars were actually unroadworthy and therefore a danger to those drivers and other road users. Beyond safety concerns are financial ones. Uninsured drivers are estimated to cost insured drivers €40 per year due to increased premiums. This perversely makes it more difficult for people struggling to

make ends meet to insure their car, creating more uninsured driver. Once confiscated, car-owners have six weeks to produce evidence that they have purchased insurance, paid tax or passed the NCT, otherwise the vehicle is crushed and recycled. Also to get the car back the owner must pay €125 for the first day and €35 each after that it remains in garda custody.

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World Record attempt on the Reek SOME hardy souls hoping to break a Guiness World record will take to Croagh Patrick on Friday July 1 in the hope that their months of training won’t

have been in vain. They will have to endure sore feet and limbs and plenty of other physical pain in their attempt to break the record of climbing up and

down the mountain twelve times. As well as breaking the Guiness World Record, they also hope to break the national record of nine climbs on the Holy Mountain in one day and to climb more metres than Everest. Matt Loughrey, known locally as Matt 365 who, is himself nearing the end of his own record of 365 consecutive climbs in 365 days, will launch the bid at Campbell’s bar Murrisk and cycling enthusiast Padraig Marrey believes he can train this group to achieve all of this in one bid. The current World record stands at 17,011.5 vertical ascent/descent meters. Each lap is 764m and down, 1530m total meters climbed and descended. After 12 climbs those taking part will have climbed 18,360m. The 12 ascents in 24 hours attempt takes place July 1st at 8pm finishes Saturday July 2 at 8pm.

Mayo Artist wins prestigious UK award A Mayo painter has won an award at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2011 in London. Benita Stoney won the Changing Faces Award for the portrait that is most powerful, on the way that the subject communicates with the viewer beyond the canvas. Benita’s award-winning portrait is entitled Nicola 2009. The subject, Nicola Kennedy who is a friend of the artist, had her eye surgically removed dur-

ing treatment for cancer. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2011 shows work by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists, as well as work by non-members, selected through open submission. This year there were some 1,100 entries, with only one in ten works making it through to the exhibition. Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that supports and represents people who have dis-

figurements to the face, hand or body from any cause. The Changing Faces Prize is awarded to the artist whose portrait best conveys the energy of their subject, the directness of their gaze and an attitude that exudes openness and confidence. This is the tenth year of the award, and the first time it has been given to a female artist. Newport based Benita paints portraits to commission and by her own selection. She began

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SPECSAVERS branches around the North West are searching for Ireland’s Sexiest Specs wearer with actress and Strictly Come Dancing Winner Kara Tointon launching Ireland’s nationwide search.The former ‘Eastenders’ star is helping Specsavers find ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses. Tointon said: "I love wearing my glasses so I am very excited to be launching this year's competition. It's amazing how a pair of glasses can completely change your look. They can transform you from dowdy to fabulous in a flash! "In my own case, glasses are my friend because not only have they helped me see, they have also helped me counter my dyslexia through the use of coloured lenses which aid me


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Gardaí in Buncrana uncover cannabis factory GARDA in Inishowen have discovered drugs with an estimated value of at least 190 thousand euro in recent days. Gardai stopped and searched a vehicle near Burnfoot yesterday afternoon and arrested a man, a follow up search of a house near Buncrana resulted in the discovery of a major cannabis cultivation factory. Three Chinese nationals have been arrested and detained at Buncrana Garda

Station. The investigation is being lead by Superintendent Kevin English, who says that the discovery may represent the biggest ever drugs bust in Inishowen. The house is currently sealed off and forensic officers are examining the scene. Supt English said nobody was in the property at the time of the swoop.The three men can be questioned for up to seven days.

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LADIES all over Mayo and the North West are being asked to donate their once-loved dresses to Down Syndrome Ireland’s annual Buy My Dress campaign, which takes place on Saturday May 28 from 10am – 6pm, at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Supported by Special K, the fashion forward initiative has women from all over the country digging out unwanted dresses to donate to this fun and stylish campaign. Last year's event saw 4,000 dresses being sold in the one day in Dublin, Cork and Galway, raising 60,000.

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This year, with eight one-day pop up sales taking place around the country, the charity hopes to double the number of dresses, and the money raised. All money raised through Buy My Dress go to fund the charity’s Down Syndrome Liaison Nursing Service, which provides advice, support and information to parents of children born with Down syndrome. This vital service really needs your dresses in order to continue and allow the charity to fund more nurses countrywide. There are lots of dress donation drop off points in Mayo for

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AFTER years of hard work and effort, The James Morrison Teach Cheoil or the Morrison Cottage was officially opened on Friday May 13 by the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoioch. The James Morrison Teach Cheoil was built to commemorate fiddle player James Morrison, his contemporaries and the musicians of the Riverstown area. Morrison was born in

1893 in Drumfin near Riverstown in Co. Sligo. He emigrated to New York at 17 and went on to become one of the leading Irish music teachers there in the 1930s and '40s. The cottage style building is located off the entrance road to Riverstown Community Park and will be a valuable resource for the community of Riverstown and surrounding areas. Already, it is a hive of activity with traditional music and dancing and singing classes. Archive material relating to James Morrison’s legacy of traditional music will be housed at the Teach Cheoil.The Riverstown Branch also possesses a photographic record relating to all of the Morrison Festivals. Also there will be interactive displays which will relate the life and times of James Morrison The Morrison Teach Ceoil is one of 16 Comhaltas cultural centres throughout the country.

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Launch of acclaimed Gráinne Mhaol Summer Show in Westport

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Spanish Armada Fest to take place in Grange

GRANGE, Co. Sligo, will go back in time to the sound of Latin music at the all-new Celtic Fringe Festival, which takes place from June 2226. The festival will retell the fascinating story of the Spanish Armada of 1588 in Sligo through music, song, dance, drama, gourmet and maritime events. The festival will receive its public launch this Friday, May 20 at Source Wine Bar, John Street Sligo, where more details will be revealed. The 2011 festival will feature the Galician region of North West Spain and musicians and dancers from that region will join forces with Ceol na nOg Sligeach and a 50 piece orches-

tra for a world premiere performance of music based on the Armada story. All events will take place around Grange and North Sligo and will feature Galacian and Flamenco musicians and dancers, Strawboys and drummers as well as gourmet Spanish food. The Sunday of the festival will see a street fiesta with Strawboys, Galacian pipers and drummers and Samba rhythms. Festival co-ordinators Charlie Kelly and Peter Farrell are confident that this will be the first of what will become an annual festival. For more information log on to

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD was on hand this week to officially launch the third season of the hugely popular Mayo traditional music summer show The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol. Speaking at the launch Minister Ring said he was delighted to support this important tourism venture in his native town and he wished it every success for the season ahead at Hotel Westport. “I am delighted to support the cast and crew of the Gráinne Mhaol show ahead of their third season in Westport this summer. This is a superb show and a must see for all visitors to the west this summer. The Gráinne Mhaol Show is full of energy and enthusiasm and it captures the imagination of audiences of all ages and cultures,” commented Minister Ring at the launch. The Gráinne Mhaol Show, every Wednesday night at Hotel Westport from June 15th is based on the reallife story of the legendary Irish Pirate Queen Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol. “The Gráinne Mhaol Show at Hotel Westport is a very important tourism initiative for Westport and Mayo and apart from attracting thousands of

people to the county each summer it also creates twenty additional jobs for the local economy from June to September,” commented Minister Ring. The Gráinne Mhaol spectacular summer show at Hotel Westport contains a wealth of talented musicians and dancers from all over the west of Ireland. Lord of the Dance fiddle player Cora Smyth headlines the show with renowned balladeers James Kilbane and Jenny Mulvey, World Champion Irish dancer Roisin Timoney, Latino sensation Pollyanna Guedes, All-Ireland champion box player Darragh Healy and Ireland’s most gifted Sean Nós dancer Liam Scanlon from Newport all on board again for this magical and mythical voyage into Mayo. “The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol is an incredible, unique, entertainment show with a powerful and passionate story based around one of the most important and iconic historical figures in Irish history, Gráinne Mhaol. I wish the entire team well for their third summer season in Westport and as Minister for Tourism and Sport I will continue to support and promote all tourism ventures that showcase Mayo to the world,” concluded Minister Ring.

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FRIDAY the 13th is known as unlucky day, but the luck of one gutsy Sligo woman should dispel this myth forever. Suzanna

Mulholland from the Sea Road, Sligo, won a quarter of a million pounds on Channel Four’s ‘Deal or no Deal’ last Friday, the

luckiest day of her life. Suzanne is one of only three contestants in the history, all women, who walked away with the top prize of £250,000, she also won a trip to Florida for two. Suzanne, a beautician, had been living in Bristol for a number of years with her fiancé, Simon Lloyd, but the two have now returned to Suzanne’s home town of Sligo and plan to marry in the next couple of years. On the show the sure-minded contestant turned down offers of £30,000 and £110,000 and eventually with two boxes left, £100,000 and the dream box £250,000, she refused £165,000, the highest offer ever turned down on the show. Suzanne said of her decision to reject the £165,000 in a post show interview “I’m really decisive and know what I want. I wouldn’t say that i’m a gambler; if I didn’t have such a strong board there was no way I would have went on.” Suzanne made a controversial decision at the end of the show by swapping her box, decisively insisting that the one on her desk did not contain the £250,000. “It was gut that told me, ‘do it’.” Suzanne didn’t tell her friends or family about her win, they all watched the show together in her family home last Friday and got the surprise of their lives.


Bioblitz 2011 at Ballycroy National Park, Co. Mayo

ANIMAL and nature lovers from the Northwest are being encouraged to be part of Bioblitz 2011, which is taking place over 24 hours in Ballycroy National Park in Mayo on May 20 and 21. The event is organised by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and is a scientific race against time. The aim of the event is to find as many species as possible within a park over a 24-hour period. This is a unique event where scientists, students and the general public can come together and learn how scientists and recorders use their skills to study wildlife in an area. The event introduces non-specialists to the wonderful wealth of diversity that exists in our local areas. Over 130 scientists were involved in last year’s event and thousands of species were recorded. From birds of prey to the smallest little centipede, the teams of scientists and volunteers will scour the Ballycroy National Park recording everything they find. If you would like to take part, log on to

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Lisa Hannigan will be performing at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Sunday 22nd May at 8.00pm, with the wonderful John Smith supporting, in a slightly more grown up version of her summer holidays. According to Lisa, "I’ve spent the last year travelling about and writing songs for my second record. During that time I met Joe Henry and from that moment I knew he was the man to help me make the record that was in my head. I found a wonderful converted farmhouse studio in the middle of Snowdonia national park in Wales and we all headed over for a week. Gavin Glass played piano and banjo, Ross Turner was on drums, Shane Fitzsimons, double and electric bass, Donagh Molloy, harmonium and trumpet and an eight and a half months pregnant Lucy Wilkins played violin and arranged a couple of songs for cello and violin. John Smith joined for some guitar and general tomfoolery. The album will be out in the autumn and I can’t wait to get out and play the songs from it." A great night in prospect. Lisa Hannigan performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Sunday 22nd May at 8.00pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023733 For full tour info and tickets check out The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible.


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London Classic Theatre makes a highly anticipated return visit to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar with a stunning reworking of Ibsen’s classic play “Ghosts” on Thursday 19th May at 8.00pm. Helene Alving is preparing for the opening of an orphanage, built in memory of her late husband. Her beloved artist son, Oswald, has returned from Paris to honour the occasion, but his long-awaited homecoming rapidly descends into tragedy as his presence triggers the exposure of a dark story of hypocrisy and betrayed love. Written in 1881 by one of the fathers of modern drama, Henrik Ibsen’s study of hidden passions, family secrets and moral hypocrisy remains as dramatically alive as ever in award-winning Irish playwright and poet

Frank McGuinness’ vital new version. “Ghosts” is the second production in London Classic Theatre’s Modern Takes season, presenting European classic plays with a contemporary twist, as seen recently in LCT’s dazzling production of “After Miss Julie”. London Classic Theatre presents “Ghosts” at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday 19th May at 8.00pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023733 The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible. “London Classic Theatre shines with quality.” - Munster Express “A stunning reworking of Ibsen’s masterpiece.” - The Stage


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“The Incidence of Light”, an exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Westport-based visual artist Niall McCormack, continues at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar for the month of May. Niall’s artistic vision encompasses a form of architectural surrealism in which the visual currency of buildings - walls, windows, passages and spaces - is used as a vehicle to explore the emotional effects of light, colour and composition. Originally from Castlebar, Niall has been exhibiting since the early

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“Spellbinding” and “superbly original”, Moth Productions’ “The Pitch” offers a night of top Irish theatre starring Shane Connaughton at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday 2nd June at 8.00pm. Philly lived and played for his team, the jersey, the parish, his friends, and the very GAA pitch his enemies are now trying to take from him to turn into a housing estate. Tormented by painful memories and the unjust fate that holds him prisoner, he replays the events of that day when his club won the County Championship for the one and only time, but he wasn’t allowed to play. Accused of fathering an illegitimate child, and now threatened with retirement to a nursing home, he holds tight to the Herculean feats of his youth - and to the land on which these dramas unfolded.The old pitch is sacred ground, and it is here that he will make his last stand.Written by and starring Shane Connaughton (whose acting credits include “Coronation Street”, Mike Leigh’s film “Four Days in July” and Neil Jordan’s “The Miracle”, and was also screenwriter of the film “My Left Foot”), directed by veteran writer, director and producer Kerry Crabbe. A night of great theatre on the cards. “The Pitch” takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday 2nd June at 8.00pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 9023733.

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Inaugural U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium a resounding success

Pictured at the inaugural U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium in Knockranny House Hotel Westport, Co. Mayo were(from left): Peter Hynes (Manager, Mayo County Council), Alan Kelly TD (Minister of State, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport), Helen Rochford Brennan (Chairperson Western Development Commission), Joseph T. Kelley Jr. (President Brehon Law Society) and Gillian Buckley (CEO Western Development Commission).

THE first ever U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium was a hugely successful and prestigious event which took place at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo last week. The Western Development Commission and Mayo County Council were key instigators in bringing this biennial event to the West of Ireland. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny headed the list of high profile speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. The Symposium was chaired by Deirdre Somers, Chief Executive of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE). Speakers included Mr. Justice Peter Kelly of the Commercial Court, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court, Gerard Kilcommins Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Regina Breheny CEO of the Irish Venture Capital Association, Barry O’Leary CEO IDA and Frank Ryan CEO Enterprise Ireland. This international Symposium was hosted by the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia and supported by the Western Development Commission (WDC), Mayo County Council, the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. Next year’s Symposium will take place in the U.S.A. and it will return to Ireland in 2013.

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GAA community clubs have revealed weekend as many of their promising they struggle to field a 15-a-side minor team each speculation as to how long the histo, fluent players have departed for new beginnings, raising ric association can survive, in such chall stances. enging circumYet as an 18-year-old I know that rega rdless of whether Ireland has regained Celtic Tiger economy or is still strugglin its affluent four years’ time, I will choose to emig g to recover from the recession when I graduate in rate . Definitely I will miss my family and frien ds, the wide open countryside, my loca the village I am so lucky to call hom l clubs and e but cultures and traditions that after almo we live in such a big world hosting so many unique st 18ye ars in Irela nd I will be ready to There are so, so many benefits of emig ration that are overlooked. The year experience. empty rooms and struggling Gaelic team -stai s make it so easy to focus on the nega ned faces, young, willing person emigration can tive yet for a Ireland is a tiny, idyllic island so rich be extremely positive experience. in cultu re and trad ition s yet after twen here most people will have become accustomed to the Irish way of living ty years living never forget. , tradition we will 21st century society parents are reno enables young people to develop theirwned for their over-protecting manner yet emigration overlooking every move or grandpar independence, entirely on their own. With no parents their own decisions, determine their ents ready advice young emigrants are forced to make While Ireland may boast one of the own future. such a diverse range of employment world’s highest minimum wages other countries offer experience within their area if work. within so many sectors that graduates gain invaluable far greater variety of professions andThe larger population of these countries allows for a will never be able to provide. Althoughcareers while due to our geographical location Ireland ments at least they do not have to fork the State may not benefit from PAYE or PRSI payout for additional unemploymen Emigration enables lifelong friendshi ps to form and develop, meaning thatt benefits. our minds adapt and integrate to their subconsciously the ethnic barrier that still exists toda cultures, invaluable in removing Growing up almost every Irish child y. plays gaelic or hurling. By stepping onto the plane or boat to depart Irela get their passion, a game that has beennd these young adults do not forWhile at home, minor teams may be so intricate in their childhood. gration gaelic and hurling is fast beco temporarily limited, through emiming a recognised sport, worldwide. Transport advances since the last rece vious generations no matter what partssion have meant that unlike prewe can always be back in our Irish hom of the world we choose to visit ily and friends can visit regularly and e by the following morning. FamSkype and Facebook enable daily communication. Today for many young people Ireland fit dull, rainy days and no need to get can only offer unemployment beneup in the mornings. Other countries can provide a job relevant to their degree the invaluable experience of travelling and the chance to meet life-long friends. Emigration seems the obvious solution has recovered and our need to trave and as so many do when Ireland l relented the thousands of young people who today leave will return. Afte r all regardless of the true friends, satisfying job prospects and amazing “Nil aon tintean na do thintean fein” weather !!!

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GOOGLE'S street view service for Switzerland could be switched off unless the country's supreme court overturns a ruling requiring a guarantee of anonymity for anyone pictured, the company said. The internet giant wants the Swiss Federal Tribunal to throw out a lower court decision in April which forced Google to ensure all faces and vehicle number plates are blurred before uploading pictures to the service that provides panoramic tours of the world's streets. The ruling by the Federal Administrative Court in Bern, following a complaint from the country's privacy watchdog, also ordered the company to obscure other identifying features, such as skin colour and clothing, from people photographed in the vicinity of "sensitive establishments," such as women's shelters, retirement homes, prisons, schools, courts and hospitals. If Google fails at the higher court, it would be the first time that the company has permanently switched off the street view anywhere, although it has faced privacy concerns in many of the 27 countries where the service is available. Switzerland's data protection commissioner, Hanspeter Thuer, had filed the complaint against Google after deciding that the company's automatic face blurring software was not 100% accurate. During a court hearing in February, Mr Thuer used a live version of to demonstrate examples where the software failed to obscure faces of adults and children in public - including outside the court - and even inside private homes. Google has one of its biggest offices outside the United States in Zurich, where hundreds of engineers develop new services for the company. As part of a publicity drive earlier this year, it took its Street View cameras into the Alps to photograph the country's spectacular ski slopes.

Space shuttle launch delayed again The next-to-last space shuttle flight has been delayed again. Endeavour will now blast off no earlier than May 16, shuttle managers have announced. Nasa's youngest space shuttle should have flown to the International Space Station last Friday but a heater malfunction halted the countdown. The problem was traced to a switch box engineers discovered a blown circuit inside. A new box has been installed, but more testing is needed. The two-week mission will be led by commander Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a shooting as she met constituents near Tucson, Arizona, in January. Six people were killed and 13 others injured in the incident.

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50% of staff 'banned from Facebook'

HALF of workers have been banned by their employers from using Facebook and other social network sites in their offices, according to a report. A survey of more than 2,000 employees for computer services provider HCL Technologies found that many bosses feared their business reputation was at stake by staff using social networking sites. Chief executive Vineet Nayar said: "It is quite re-

markable that in this day and age, many employers are still putting their employees' interests as a low priority by not allowing them to use sites like Facebook." He continued: "While we always advocate responsible use of social networks in the office, banning them outright will impact employees' approach to work in a negative way, having a detrimental effect on the business as a whole."

Northrop Grumman unveils new plane A new type of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that can be flown either robotically or with a pilot aboard has been unveiled. Defence contractor Northrop Grumman said the Firebird aircraft would allow the military to simultaneously gather real-time high-definition video, view infra-red imagery, use radar and eavesdrop on communications. Shown in flight test photographs and video released by Northrop Grumman, the Firebird was designed and built by Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites, the builder of other cuttingedge airplanes and spacecraft. The company promoted the aircraft with the certainty of cuts in US defence spending in mind. "Firebird addresses future budgetary constraints by combining the best of our piloted and unmanned" systems, Paul Meyer, vice president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, said in a statement. Rick Crooks, Firebird programme manager, described it as an adaptable system that is highly affordable because of the number of different missions that can be accomplished in a single flight. The company did not say how much it cost to

develop the aircraft. The twin-tailed aircraft has a slender wing spanning 65 feet and a pusher-propeller at the rear of its fuselage. Measuring 34 feet long and 9.7 feet high, the aircraft is listed as being capable of reaching a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet and a maximum endurance of 24 to 40 hours, de-

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Driver with 39 points on licence not banned

A Freedom of Information request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) revealed that, as of 24 March 2011, 638 drivers have 12 or more penalty points on their licence, yet they are still on the road. According to the BBC, the worst offender is a driver registered in Swindon, who has amassed an incredible 39 points, yet has not been banned from driving. No information regarding the type of offences committed was available. Elliot Griffiths, from the Magistrates' Association, said: "I accept that something appears to be wrong with [the figures in the Swindon case] and they need to be looked at. "I can't even conceive how somebody can have 20, 30, 40 points and not be disqualified. "I can't work it out. I'd be very interested to see how it happened." Unless a motorist can prove that it would cause exceptional hardship for them, a total of 12 penalty points means a temporary ban from driving. The decision is made by a court. However, if a driver escapes a ban due to these exceptional circumstances, and they then accrue more penalty points within three years, they are not entitled to appeal using the same reasons. The data obtained by BBC West showed a total of 638 drivers in Bristol, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire with more than 12 points on their licences.

Stowaway travels 620 miles the wrong way A 10-year-old boy who ran away from his home in Bolivia to find his mother travelled 620 miles in the wrong direction. Franklin Villca Huanaco was trying to reach Cochabamba where his mother had recently served a prison sentence for drugs offences. He stowed away in a truck which he thought was heading to the Bolivian city 70 miles away, reports the BBC. But the driver, who was unaware of his stowaway, was actually heading for Iquique in northern Chile. The boy hid in a metal container roughly the length of his body, attached to the underside of the truck, reports say. "I wanted to see my mother," the boy told Chilean state television. Authorities said the boy was lucky to survive the two-day journey without food or water while crossing Bolivia's Andean altiplano, where temperatures at night can fall below freezing. He was only wearing pants, a shirt and ragged shoes. A woman later found him wandering the impoverished streets of Alto Hospicio township, which neighbours Iquique, and took him to her home. The boy is currently staying with the woman's family. He is to be returned to his mother by a Bolivian official. His mother, Zenobia Huanaco, was released from prison a month ago and had been working in the countryside outside Cochabamba.

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ITALIAN supercar maker Lamborghini is almost certain to put the sensational Sesto Elemento concept car into production - with a whopping €2 million (£1.77 million) price tag. That will make it more expensive than any version of the Bugatti Veyron, including the £1.6 million Super Sport - officially the fastest production car in the world. Reports suggest that Lamborghini will build

just 20 Sesto Elementos, and company sources say it is already well into development. The carbon fibre body and chassis will make it one of the lightest and most track-focussed supercars ever made. In fact, it's so extreme that it won't be road legal anywhere in the world. Using the 5.2-litre V10 engine from the Gallardo, the Sesto Elemento will hit 62mph in under 2.5 seconds, making it quicker than the

Veyron. However, its circa-200mph top speed will be nowhere near the Bugatti's. Speaking to 'Autocar', Lamborghini engineering boss Maurizio Reggianiln said the Sesto Elemento "represents a revolutionary way of building a car. This method is a true breakthrough, and we are extremely excited about what it means for our future." The car might be the most extreme and expensive model ever made by Lamborghini, but it will serve as a reference point for all of the company's future models - including the next Gallardo. The tailpipes are made of a glass-ceramic composite material called Pyrosic, which can withstand much higher temperatures than traditional metal exhausts. Despite the outrageous price, Lamborghini will not be short of takers for the Sesto Elemento. The Lamborghini Reventon, for example, was basically a re-skinned Murcielago at three times the price. Yet the company had no problem selling 35 at €1 million each.

Drink driver mistakes cigarettes for phone A drunk driver has come the butt of a world-wide joke after he was filmed by police trying to make phone calls from a packet of cigarettes. The film - shot by traffic cops in the Russian capital, Moscow - has become a bizarre world-wide hit with more than 170,000 hits on YouTube. The unidentified driver pulled over for driving erratically - first tries to speak into his hand to make a call. But when he realises that isn't working he pulls out a cigarette packet and in front of the bemused cops apparently believes he's having detailed phone conversations first with his father, and then a friend. "Just deal with the situation," he says before hanging up and passing out with his head slumped on a policeman's shoulder. When asked what he's doing the clearly drunk driver says: "Well, we were driving and we were almost there and now here we are."

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The big O In one survey, 46% of headache sufferers said sex had triggered a headache. Usually, this is an overexertion headache (like joggers and weight¬lifters sometimes get); you may feel a dull pain that builds during foreplay or get a sudden headache around orgasm (more likely in men). In rare cases, such an intense headache could be caused by a tumor or aneurysm. For most folks, though, sex headaches are harmless. That three-day vacay Weekend or "let-down" headaches can happen when you take a break from your routine, says

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las, like Benjamin Moore’s Natura line or Devoe’s Wonder Pure. Dehydration You don’t have to drink gallons of water to stay hydrated, says John La Puma, MD, author ofChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine. "I’d love it if people got more water from eating fruits and vegetables because then they’d get all the other good things that come with them," he says. Skipping meals We know you’re busy, but hunger is a common headache trigger. Too much caffeine A little can help headaches but too much can trigger them, New York City neurologist Audrey Halpern, MD, says. If caffeine is causing your pain, gradually cut back until you have caffeine no more than two days a week.

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Sleep deprivation One large study says those who slept an average of six hours a night tended to have significantly more severe and more frequent headaches than those who got more z’s. Don’t feed your headache Everyone reacts differently, but some foods are known to trigger headaches for many people—and others (especially those rich in magnesium) seem to help prevent them. 1. Eat: Spinach, tofu, oat bran, barley, fish oil, olive oil, white beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds 2. Avoid: Red wine, beer, MSG, chocolate, aged cheese, saurkraut, processed meats like pepperoni, ham, and salami.

Inactivity A recent Swedish study showed that those who were inactive were more likely to get headaches than those who worked out. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of cardio a day, five days a week, to relieve stress, send blood to the brain, and get feelgood endorphins flowing. Exercise may be a trigger for some people, so consult your doc first.



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Best Food When You Need Sleep By Megan Fennell #1: Non-fat Popcorn The carbohydrates in non-fat popcorn help bring the amino acid tryptophan into your brain, where it's used to make a sleep-inducing neurotransmitter called serotonin. Since eating a heavy meal within two hours of bedtime can keep you awake, low-calorie popcorn (just 93 calories in three cups popped) is a great latenight snack. Choose plain, fat-free popcorn and jazz it up with some curry powder.

#2: Halibut Halibut is packed with two building blocks for better sleep: tryptophan and vitamin B6, which has a mild flavour and meaty texture that appeal to finicky seafood eaters. Other foods high in tryptophan include poultry, beef, soybeans, milk, cheese, yogurt, nuts and eggs.

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Irish Hurling

Prehistoric and early historic Ireland THE most famous hurling counties are Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Cork has 28 All-Ireland titles but Kilkenny are catching up fast with 27. Tipperary is not far behind with 25. You might not know this but Dublin have 6 hurling titles.


urling is older than the recorded history of Ireland. It is thought to predate Christianity, having come to Ireland with the Celts. It has been a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2000 years.


Kilkenny won the title in 2000 and 2002. They have some great players such as DJ Carey, Charlie Carter and Henry Shefflin.

Golden Years

The First All-Ireland

The 40's and the 50's were a golden era for hurling with many of the sports all-time-greats testing their skills against each other. They included John Doyle of Tipperary, Mick Mackey of Limerick and Bobby and Nicky Rackard of Wexford.

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he first All-Ireland hurling final was played in Birr, Co Offaly in 1887 between Tipperary and Galway with Tipp coming out on top by a score of 1-1 to 0-0.

Re-Known Team

The 90's was a also a great period for hurling with Offaly, Clare and Wexford all winning the Liam McCarthy Cup. Clare, who are known as the “banner” county were a brilliant side and their fans brought great colour to the world of hurling.

There have been many great teams down through the ages and one of the most re-known was the Cork team of the 1940's. They won a four-in-a-row between 1941 and 1944 and included many great players such as the legendry Christy Ring, who people say is the greatest hurling player ever.

Here is a game that you can play to test your skill. This game will present you with a matrix filled with letters. The objective is to form words by concatenating adjacent letters. Letters that are to the left, right, on top, bottom, or on a diagonal to each other are all acceptable.

SAMPLE PUZZLE Here are some words that can be found in this sample matrix: any chant panel path trench Here are some words that are not valid in this puzzle: chance - uses the 'c' twice chaps - 's' is not adjacent


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They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run

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1. Worm way into cell with unwelcome and ruthless mid-seventeenth century English tourist in Ireland! (8) 4. Makes an exact biological replica in Monaghan border town where boxer Barry McGuigan was born. (6) 9. "Such is the patriot's boast where'er we ----, His first, best country ever is, at home." Goldsmith (4) 10. Intuitive perception in Clontibret action. (4) 12. Chop up maple to give more than enough. (5) 13. Briefly lose the cheese and take to the air. (3) 14. Groan about the vital bit back in Portumna growth plan. (5) 15. Ran in disorder in peaceful Donegal village adjoining Portnoo on the shore of Gweebarra Bay. (5) 17. Everywhere prefix seen in Macroom nightly. (4) 20. Long screams break up in Armagh border town with ancient ring forts in the neighbourhood. (11) 21. "The king and his faithful subjects, the lords and commons of this realm, the triple ----, which no man can break." Burke. (4) 23. Parts put together to catch a mackerel? (5) 27. Pub in the neighbourhood. (5) 28. Small bottle loses fifty by way of route. (3) 30. Claim to be the last, but will change. (5) 31. Offshore land in Ballyhaunis legacy. (4) 32. Intend to have short arms and long pockets! (4) 33. So berg melts in quiet Donegal seaside resort near to 15 across. (6) 34. Rap mount over in Galway boating centre on Lough Derg where 1 across was garrisoned in 1640. (8)

In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry hit his first home run of his career (while playing for the San Francisco Giants). Perry actually achieved his first home run within minutes after Apollo 11 touched down on the moon but Neil Armstrong would step onto – with his left foot first – the lunar surface only 6 hours and 16 minutes later.

DOWN 1. Or claw about in walled Leinster town on the Barrow known for sugar production. (6) 2. Rage on about one of the colours in the Irish tricolour. (6) 3. Foal comes over for the bread. (4) 5. Stale turnover is smallest. (5) 6. Lamp an alternative hot weapon of war. (6) 7. Make a mistake in the skies in Co. Dublin sandy seaside resort noted for its safe bathing. (8) 8. Sow in here in marvelous Tynan. (3) 11. Lace mirrors unravelled in Mayo town close to the holy shrine of Knock. (11) 15. Builds a home in finest Sligo position. (5) 16. Close to tea apparently, but it's later than that. (5) 17. Sign seen in Croom environment. (4) 18. Brought up to sound like 3 down. (4)

19. I pack fur to go to annual Killorglin festival where the goat is king. (4,4) 22. "..and only our ------ run free" Irish Ballad (6) 24. Same R.C. is disposed to cry in terror. (6) 25. No lace about in popular West Waterford sandy resort close to Dungarvan. (6) 26.Take up residence and do leg damage. (5) 28. Six grand will get a lot of energy. (3) 29. A singer appearing in Spiddal tonight. (4)



First female doctor In the period known as the “Old Kingdom” in Ancient Egypt, from 2600-2100 BC, all professions were open to men and women, including the clergy, business, and medicine. In fact, records show that there were more than 100 prominent female physicians in Ancient Egypt, with Peseshet as their director. She was known as “lady overseer of the female physicians” – although it is not established that Lady Peseshet was a doctor herself and even if she was she was not the first known female physician.That title goes to someone who practiced medicine almost 100 years earlier: the world’s first known female doctor was Merit-Ptah (2700 BC). Television firsts The first public television pictures were transmitted in 1926. The first TV interview was made with Irish actress Peggy O’Neil in April 1930. The first televised sporting event was a Japanese elementary school baseball game, broadcast in September 1931. The first daily broadcast was started by the BBC in November 1936. Record for most passengers on an airplane It is not clear who was the first to fly an airplane: Richard Pearse, Gustave Whitehead or Orville Wright. Whoever it may have been, the distances of their flights were only about the length of the wingspan of a Boeing 747.They probably never imagined the amount of people an aircraft will be able to carry one day. The most passengers ever carried on one flight was in 1991 during the Operation Solomon evacuation of Ethiopian Jews during Operation Solomon. 1086 people boarded a 747 in Addis Ababa. When they landed in Jerusalem, there were 1089 passengers. Three babies were born during the flight.

To be in with a chance of winning, fill out the crossword and your your name, telephone number and address and post to Puzzle Time Competition, Northwest Express, Unit 3, Riverview House, Barret Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo. - Good Luck!!       Name:      Address:          number:  Telephone Unlucky number 13         It is believed that the fear for the number 13 stems from prim      itive man being unable to count past 12.    beyond 12 do now have an          Numbers individual and independent name     but are a combination of the first       12 numbers. With 12 being the     end of the line, 13 was moving  into unknown territory. 25. hoer (2) 26. hora (2) 27. ogre (2) 28. rage (2) 29. rear (2) 30. ruga (2)

31. urea (2) 32. urge (2) 33. age (1) 34. ago (1) 35. ear (1) 36. ego (1)

37. ere (1) 38. erg (1) 39. gae (1) 40. gar (1) 41. get (1) 42. ghi (1)

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19. goer (2) 20. grue (2) 21. heir (2) 22. here (2) 23. hire (2) 24. hoar (2)

43. goa (1) 44. goo (1) 45. gor (1) 46. her (1) 47. het (1) 48. hie (1)

49. hoe (1) 50. hog (1) 51. ire (1) 52. jet (1) 53. oar (1) 54. oho (1)

55. ooh (1) 56. ora (1) 57. rag (1) 58. reg (1) 59. rei (1) 60. ret (1)

61. rho (1) 62. roe (1) 63. rue (1) 64. rug (1) 65. teg (1) 66. ugh (1)

              

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13. urger (3) 14. ager (2) 15. ague (2) 16. eger (2) 17. ergo (2) 18. gear (2)

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7. hirer (3) 8. roger (3) 9. rogue (3) 10. rugae (3) 11. terga (3) 12. trier (3)

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1. aerugo (4) 2. regear (4) 3. eager (3) 4. eagre (3) 5. egret (3) 6. erugo (3)

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In Norse mythology the 13th number led to the death of Baldur, the beloved of the gods. When the 12 gods gathered for a banquet in  Valhalla, Loki gatecrashed the party, increasing the number      to 13, which led to the death      of Baldur. It also happens that in     Tarot cards, 13 is called “Death.”   


“Ballisodare has over ten times the number ghost estate houses than it should relative to its population and it is not alone” Pictured: Ballisodare’s Mill Apartments

The final report on from the DOE on ghost estates is going to be published in the coming weeks... BY John McTigue


spate of new reports on the state of the Irish housing market have been released recently that throw new light on the housing market in the northwest. Recently The Northwest Express reported that the previous government, in a desperate bid to get to grips with the problem of ‘ghost estates’, had approached foreign housing agencies in the hope they would purchase and maintain the empty houses and provide social housing at the same time. The ratings agency Standard and Poors recently published a report on the European housing market which, in its summary, argued that Ireland’s property market had finished falling and would remain static for a number of years. The property agency Daft released their report on property prices for the first quarter of 2011. This showed that property prices in the northwest have fallen by between 33 per cent (Mayo) and 44 per cent (Leitrim). The same report put the average house price in Mayo at 178,494, in Sligo at 177,106, in Donegal at 170,400, in Leitrim at 144,609, in Roscommon at 153,017, in

Galway at 178,997 and in Galway City at 227,930. The news is good in Donegal and Galway where the decline in house prices has slowed to 0.6 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively in the first quarter of the year. In Roscommon the house prices have actually increased in the same period by 2.7 per cent. However in Leitrim, which has experienced one the largest price collapses in the country, fell by a further 4.6 per cent in the first three months of the year while Sligo and Mayo also experienced declines of 4.1 per cent and 5.2 per cent. The survey carried out by the Department of the Environment (DOE) on ‘unfinished housing developments’ identified 179, 273 houses nationwide, in ghost estates, of which there are 2, 846. Of those 179, 273 empty houses, 23, 631 are located in Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo and Galway City and County. Of the 2, 846 estates surveyed by the Department of the Environment 679 are located in these counties in the northwest. That’s nearly 25 per cent of the ghost estates nationwide and only 15 per cent of the population. A massive disparity and it gets worse depending on where you go.

Both an eye sore and an accident waiting to happen...

Photo by Lenny (

Mill Apartments, Ballisodare, see the last edition online for the full story ( Photo by Lenny ( homes or more than half of the total 416 and this is in a village of 971 people. Two of the developments are completely deserted and another two have only one occupant. Ballisodare has over ten times the number ghost estate houses than it should relative to its population and it is not alone. Collooney down the road suffers from the same difficulties. The village of Dromod in Co. Leitrim has 50 times the number of ghost estates it should have relative to its population and 44 times the number of empty houses. The village of Ballaghadereen in Co. Roscommon has nearly 8 times

ONLY RADICAL MEASURES CAN HOPE TO HELP THE TOWNS, VILLAGES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST SUFFERING FROM THE CELTIC TIGER HOUSING BOOM the number of ghost estates and nearly 13 times the number of empty houses relative to its population. The DOE have drawn up recommendations in its interim report on ‘Unfinished Housing Developments’ which include emergency funds to protect public safety, a reform of local planning laws and potentially local authorities taking control of developments to finish or demolish. Sligo County Council was singled out for praise for its proposed moratorium on further planning permission for towns and villages with a large oversupply of houses. The fact is that no matter what happens in the national housing

market, on a local and regional level matters will be much different. In places like Ballisodare, Dromod and Ballaghadereen house prices will remain artificially depressed, local economies will suffer and communities will remain damaged because of the sometimes-stratospheric overhang of housing. The final report on from the DOE on ghost estates is going to be published in the coming days or weeks. Hopefully it will be the basis to radical steps from Minister of State Willie Penrose because only radical measures can hope to help the towns, villages and communities across the northwest suffering from the Celtic Tiger housing boom.

One of the many Ghost Estates that can be found throughout the Northwest Leitrim has 3.3 per cent of the ghost estates nationwide yet only 0.7 per cent of the population. That’s nearly five times what it ought to be. Donegal has 4.8 per cent of the ghost estates with only 3.5 per cent of the population. Roscommon has 4 per cent of the ghost estates nationwide with only 1.4 per cent of the population. Sligo has three times the number of ghost estates relative to its population. The DOE interim report on this survey highlighted the intractability of the problem in rural areas like much of the northwest where housing construction outstripped demand by up to 300 per cent in places. The recent Standard and Poors report says that the overall price for a house in Ireland has stabilised at one third below boom prices,

however this disguises local, and regional declines. For example, the Daft report shows a fall of closer to 40 per cent in the housing market in the northwest. Then when you get down to individual towns and villages the problem becomes truly awesome. The village of Ballisodare has a population of 971 according to the 2006 Census. The DOE survey of vacant housing identified five ‘ghost estates’ in Ballisodare; the Avena Mill Apartments, Oakbridge Development, Carraig Abhainn, Avena Mixed Use Development and the Fairgreen-River Oaks Development. These five developments totalled 416 apartments and houses. Of these only 55 are occupied, or a mere 13 per cent have someone living in them. Construction never started on 36 units and 69 are only half finished. That leaves 255 empty

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he summer of 2008 was bliss for Emlyn Mulligan. Ten-point hauls against minnows New York and big shots Galway rocketed him to the attention of the national media. A further 1-34 in his six division four league matches the following spring triggered murmurings that Leitrim might be able to repeat their 1994 provincial victory on the back of Mulligan’s hauls. However, as fate would have it, he was struck down with the dreaded cruciate ligament injury after an accidental clash during a league match for his club Melvin Gaels in April 2009. They say lightening never strikes the same spot twice, but after months of rehab in just his second match back, Mulligan suffered a reoccurrence of the injury playing for his club. But with a handful of national league games under his belt since he returned to the Leitrim shirt, his sharpness is returning and Mulligan is ready to take out two years worth of frustration on the Sligo defence. “To be honest it is just good to be involved

at this stage of the year having missed all of the last two championship campaigns,” admitted Mulligan. “The last championship game I played was against Galway in 2008 so hopefully I can do myself justice on Sunday. We beat New York in the first game that year, but it was all new to me at that stage. I was only 20 at that stage and I think I have a lot more to offer now.” And after tasting two narrow defeats to Longford and Roscommon that denied them promotion, the diminutive danger man is happy with Leitrim’s progress since then and he thinks they are ready to grace Markievicz Park at the weekend. “Preparations have gone very well for us and we are really looking forward to Sunday now. We are quietly confident to be honest. “The last two games of the league we disappointing results wise but I think we performed well both days. And with so many young lads coming in there is no fear of Sligo; there is no history of them beating us so we will be ready for Sunday. “Local derbies always have that extra bit of a bite and a small bit of bitterness about them, but hopefully we can stand up to the challenge.” Having spent so long out of the game, Mulligan would be forgiven for easing himself back into the fold, but half measures were never his bag. “Mickey put me on for five minutes against Wicklow and the following week I started against Kilkenny. It was probably a good game to come back in and I got the chances to kick a nine points. “The sharpness has slowly come back to me in the subsequent games, but this year my main aim is to get through every game unscathed and put in a base for next year. It is a great feeling to get through every training session without breaking down, just walking off the pitch is great. “But the injuries have really made me realise that there is more to life than football, even though it still means so much to me. I think I appreciate it all so much more now and a win on Sunday would cap the lot.”

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Tel: 086-2526374 By DECLAN ROONEY MICKEY Moran is confident that his new look Leitrim can give Sligo a tough test in Markievicz Park on Sunday. After losing five of his starting forwards from the championship last year, Moran was forced to give youth a fling during the national league. And despite losing out on promotion due to a one-point defeat to Longford and a two-point loss to Roscommon, the former Derry, Sligo and Mayo boss is backing his youthful side to perform on the big stage. “It we manage to leave it all on the pitch and don’t freeze on the big day, then I’m confident that we’ll give Sligo a real good go in Markievicz Park,” said Moran. “We have really had to rebuild the team since last year, but I could not

be more pleased with the work and progress the lads have made during the league. “It annoys me to hear things like ‘only London and Kilkenny finished below Leitrim’, but we had to concede two points to London, which would have put us above Clare. Sometime the table doesn’t show the big picture. We were in with a shout of promotion down to the end and we just missed out on that killer punch.” The challenge circuit “can be hit and miss” according to Moran, but he has his fingers crossed for a clean bill of health for the trip to the Yeats county. “Preparations have gone fairly well for us, but we have picked up a few niggly injuries like everyone else. It is always hard to have everyone fit, but hopefully I’ll have a full hand to chose from.”

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2010: Leitrim 0-6 Kildare 1-12 Qualifiers 2010: Roscommon 1-13 Leitrim 0-11 Connacht semi-final 2009: Leitrim 0-10 Longford 0-13 Qualifiers 2009: Leitrim 2-9 Roscommon 2-13 Connacht semi-final 2008: Galway 2-14 Leitrim 1-13 Connacht semi-final 2008: New York 0-6 Leitrim 0-17 Connacht quarter-final 2007: Donegal 1-16 Leitrim 1-14 Qualifiers 2007: Galway 0-17 Leitrim 1-10 Connacht semi-final 2007: London 2-5 Leitrim 1-12 Connacht quarter-final 2006: Sligo 1-7 Leitrim 0-9 Qualifiers 2006: Leitrim 1-9 Mayo 1-10 Connacht semi-final 2005: Meath 1-12 Leitrim 1-8 Qualifiers 2005: Galway 1-11 Leitrim 1-8 Connacht semi-final 2005: Leitrim 1-11 Sligo 0-9 Connacht quarter-final

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JOHN FALLON looks into his crystal ball and has a look at how the Connacht championship 2011 might pan out. Michael Finneran had the honour of scoring the first point of the 2011 championship. His effort after just 20 seconds set the tone for Roscommon to overcome a potential banana skin in New York as Fergal O’Donnell’s men powered their way to a 3-21 to 1-11 win. Roscommon, the surprise Connacht champions last year, will now meet the winners of the clash between Sligo and Leitrim in the semi-finals. Sligo’s remarkable progress under Kevin Walsh, which included successive promotions in the league, has stalled since their disappointing Connacht final performance last year. The superb David Kelly may miss the

championship opener through injury but Sligo should still have enough up front to see them over the line, especially as the game is in Markievicz Park. There have been four different winners of the Connacht championship in the past four years — the first time that has ever happened — and if the quintet is to be completed then Leitrim will have to produce something special. Mickey Moran’s side is one of the most honest sides in the championship but they just don’t have the forward power required for a sustained championship run.Sligo would welcome the chance for revenge against Roscommon and while relegation back to division three will have dented their confidence, they have the capability to reach the provincial decider. Remarkably, if they manage that it will be the first time in history they have

reached successive Connacht finals. You suspect, though, that the Connacht champions will come from the other side of the draw — in other words, whoever wins between Mayo and Galway. Between them they have won 86 of the 111 Connacht titles. Mayo have some housekeeping to take care of in London but James Horan’s men should encounter few problems against the exiles. Mayo have uncovered a serious goalscorer in Jason Doherty — the seven the Burrishoole man scored in the league was two more than was scored in the entire Connacht championship last year — and all logic would suggest that Mayo, especially with home advantage, should see off their greatest rivals. But logic and derby games are rarely comfortable bedfellows. Galway were in turmoil, getting relegated after losing their opening five league games. The return of Padraic Joyce saw a good finish to the league and a third All-Ireland U-21 title in a decade has given the Tribesmen renewed hope. Tomas O Flatharta has drafted twelve of that U-21 side into the senior squad. Suddenly, there is wind in the Galway sail and while Michael Meehan might not be fit for the Mayo game, they will fancy their chances of rattling a Mayo side who may struggle to deal with their red-hot favourites tag. Mayo dished out an eights points defeat to Galway in Tuam in February, but they only won one other league game — albeit against All-Ireland champions Cork. The concession of eleven goals during the league — only Kilkenny conceded more — suggests there is work to be done in the Mayo defence. A Galway win could set up a Connacht final meeting with the Sligo side managed by their double All-Ireland winner Kevin Walsh, and by then Michael Meehan — and perhaps a few of the U-21s — should be in the fold and Tomas O Flatharta, under severe pressure just a couple of months ago, could be celebrating an unlikely Galway success.

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Stuff like that just didn’t go our way. But we felt we learned a lot from the campaign.” Injuries to key players no doubt hindered Sligo’s progress through the league, but with every likelihood that they will have to plan without the same men for Sunday,Walsh knows what hand he has to play with. “Having the likes of Johnny Davey, Eugene Mullen, David Kelly and Noel

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Maguire all out hurt during the league didn’t help us,” said the three-time All-Star recipient. “Noel Maguire is back training with the panel now, but the rest of the lads are definitely out of our first game of the championship.

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“We feel there were days that we left points behind us and lost games we should have won. Not just the first day against Donegal, but against Derry and Tyrone. We ended up getting beaten by six points in the end by Tyrone but we had them completely on the racks, but it was just horror stuff in the end. “Even the Kildare match where they kicked the winning point in injury time from more than 50 yards to relegate us was difficult.


Playing a captain’s role ALONG with teammate Eamonn O’Hara, Sligo captain Charlie Harrison is one of only four men from the Yeats County to hold an All-Star award. His rampaging runs from deep and water-tight defensive performances set him apart from his peers in 2010 in the number four shirt. And starting with Leitrim on Sunday Harrison is hopeful of leading his side to Sligo’s fourth Connacht title. Harrison’s seven years on the Sligo panel have been among the most fruitful in the county’s history – he holds a Connacht winner’s and runner-up medal as well as a division three and four winners medals – but the tenacious defender is keen to add to the haul. However, long term injuries have plagued Sligo since they lost last


ligo manager Kevin Walsh is hoping that the recent disappointments of relegation from division two and last summer’s Connacht final defeat to Roscommon will drive his side to victory over Leitrim on Sunday.An injury-time long-distance point from Eamonn Callaghan saw Sligo lose by a point away to Kildare, but without the draw to push them up the table, relegation to division three was their fate. However, the former Galway midfielder thinks that his squad will have recovered sufficiently from their league heartache to defeat Leitrim on Sunday and secure a spot in the Connacht semi-final against Roscommon. “We have coped grand to be honest. There was a little bit of disappointment on the day and the following days but that is the way things happened for us,” said Walsh.


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